New Year, New Challenges

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Inspired by Zoe and Tilly I have decided to start the New Year with a bit of a run through of 2010 and a post to try and help me figure out what I want to achieve in 2011. I was going to get this ready for the 1st January, but I was impeded by a nasty flu so that didn’t happen. I am feeling slightly better today so I am giving it a try.

2010 was really the year that it all took off for me in terms of crafts, creativeness and blogs. I remember in late 2009 discussing with my friend Helene how we could start a blog that would take our mind off our studies for a bit and would allow us a creative outlet. We went ahead with the idea of Historic Crafts and started the blog in January 2010. I think it took off so fast because there was two of us working on it, and it has made me realise how important it is to work with someone else on projects like this.

Historic Crafts was such a fun project that I decided I wanted to start another blog which would focus a bit more on the crafts my husband John and I do. He illustrates and I do bobbin lace, make yarn and refashion clothes. Also we both love DIY and restoring furniture. Grey Duckling was born as a blog and I have also been to my first ever craft fairs with the Grey Duckling brand. We didn’t sell much but it was quite fun none-the-less. If nothing else at least we met and talked to a lot of interesting people.

As if this was not enough I have been looking back at my family history for about 8 years now and I refashioned my family history blog into ‘The Gene Pool’. I already have some branches of the family tree online as databases but the blog focuses more on the narrative of family history research. I don’t mean this blog to ever be a regular blog because my research is not regular at all. It happens in short bursts. Like this Christmas I went to the History Centre in Wigan and found out quite a few things, so the blog will be updated quite a bit over the next couple of weeks.

With all these blogs and twitter accounts (@EddieDuckling and @HistoricCrafts) that I suddenly have, also comes a lot of networking and meeting other crafty people online and in real life. This is the best part of blogging for sure. The thing is that I will be very busy with my studies in 2011 and with this move that we are going to be making; home to Denmark where I am from. But I want to keep at it with the blogs and all the projects, so I will have to find a way to do this without it all being a bit too much. I think I can do this by taking a page out of Tilly’s book and not set myself so many blog and craft deadlines. I think I need to be better at going with the flow. Since I began Grey Duckling in May I have done a lot of posts on stuff I have done. In 2011 I want to talk more about what other creative people have been doing. We began with the interviews on Historic Crafts in 2010 and boy was that fun. I have some great portraits lined up on Historic Crafts in January and an interview with Zoe from So, Zo… on Grey Duckling.

The interview with Zoe is a part of a new endeavor that I have started up together with Erica from Recycled Fashion called  Refashionista Interviews’ where we will be interviewing refashionistas’ we admire and find out what inspires them and how they go about refashioning.

I have a lot of other ideas that I would like to try out in 2011, but they are all meant to be collaborative so that I don’t end up burning myself out:

  • Inspired by Danish Karina from Unikarina‘s great advent calender idea, I would love bring some people together to do a Valentines present exchange. Surely I can’t be the only one who doesn’t get anything for Valentines. It’s not even that I don’t have anyone to give me anything, but my husband just doesn’t believe in it. Oh well (he doesn’t get anything from me either but he does give me a nice hand drawn card that he’s made so it’s not all bad).
  • Refashionista Co-operative is another idea I have been thinking about. After the closing of Wardrobe Refashion in 2010, myself and quite a few other refashionistas are of course distraught. Where will we now communicate with other refashionistas and get new inspiration. I love the concept of WR but I do think that it is not a one-woman project and as much as I would love to be a part of something similar I don’t want to begin one myself. So I came up with the idea of a co-operative, which would have a group of editors who would all own equal rights to the blog and who would a  sign up to do a certain amount of moderating. I have already had some positive response from other refashionistas that I have talked to so I will probably put out a call for editors some time soon. If you are interested, feel free to get in touch!
  • I want to do more interviews with the Refashionista Interviews!
  • I would love to do some guest posts round and about.
  • I did my first ever giveaway here on Grey Duckling for New Year. It was so much fun and I want to do some more on Historic Crafts as well.

So I have told you what I want to try out in the new year. But now I want to know what you are going to be doing? Do you have any great ideas? Are you looking for someone else to try it out with or do you prefer to work on your own? Have you tried interviewing and how did it go? How about giveaways?

I can’t wait to hear from you,


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